Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Cheesy Brussels Sprouts

Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you have a wonderful day with family and friends.

I decided last minute to to see the Macy's Day Parade.  My friends and I are going to start waiting by the parade route at 5 am.  I was told not to expect bathroom facilities for the whole morning we are at the parade.  I'm going to start dehydrating myself tomorrow evening.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Argentinian Corn Empanadas

Empanadas originated in Portugal and the Galatia region of Spain.  People believe the idea was derived from Indian Samosas.  In Galatia and Portugal, empanadas are made the size of a pie, and people eat wedges of it.

The word empanada comes from the Spanish and Portuguese word empanar, which means to wrap.  They are eaten throughout south and central America.  This corn version is from Argentina.  

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Caramel Banana Bread

There is a street vendor near my office who gives me his old, brown bananas.  Sometimes I eat them that day.  Other times I put them in my freezer because they are too far gone.  I always have a few frozen bananas hanging around for banana bread.

It seems like there is no end to the variations of banana bread I can make.  I had a jar of partially used caramel sauce leftover from my friend's birthday cake, and bananas and caramel seemed like a good combination.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Roasted Beets in a Balsamic Reduction with Chevre

A few weeks ago I celebrated a friend's birthday at a Mediterranean restaurant where you order several small dishes per person.  I ate several delicious items.  Their beet salad was particularly delicious.  It was dressed with a balsamic reduction, arugula, and a creamy goat cheese.  I omitted the arugula in my version for no particular reason.

I used some beautiful, pale beets that I bought for an exorbitant price at a farmers market.  These beets are the roots of the beet plant.  I have eaten beet leaves before, but these guys came san leaves.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Sauteed Brussels Sprouts and Blueberries with Thyme

This maybe one of the strangest looking recipes I have posted.  I posted an egg and date concoction that looked pretty weird too.

I got the recipe from a coworker.  She likes trying out trends in healthy eating.  She is experimenting with the paleo diet.  There is no way I could follow the paleo diet perfectly.  I'm sure I'd lose weight, but at what price?

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

When I was growing up, my family would often bake cookies on Sunday.  Occasionally we would made complicated cookies like iced sugar cookies, but usually we made simple bar cookies or drop cookies.

My favorite cookies we made were pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and oatmeal chocolate chip bar cookies.  I now like nuts in my baked goods, but I preferred nut free cookies as a kid.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Chocolate Cake with Caramel Frosting

I made this cake for a friend's birthday a couple of weeks ago.  Last year her birthday cake looked like a panda bear head.  As you can see, I'm not much of a cake decorator.  Though it looked homemade, its taste was first rate.  

I took the pictures of the cake slice at a restaurant so the lighting is a little poor.